British actor and director Alan Rickman. Photo courtesy of Facebook British actor and director Alan Rickman. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Second anniversary of Alan Rickman’s death

Thu, Jan. 18, 2018
CAIRO - 18 January 2018: Alan Rickman, known for his role as the brilliantly wicked teacher “Snape” in the Harry Potter films, died two years ago at the age of 69. Alan Rickman was unaware of his pancreatic cancer, which was the cause of his death.

According to The Guardian, JK Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books, said, “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man. ”

Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore, said, “Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny.”

For most of the Harry Potter fans, Alan Rickman personified the multifarious anti-hero Snape, considered by many as an icon of passion, in the film editions of JK Rowling's wizard books.

After playing the villain Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” (1988), one of the most significant roles in Rickman’s artistic journey was in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991), in which he played the sheriff of Nottingham. He received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. According to The Guardian, Mohammed Saghir, who has the ceremonial role as the sheriff of Nottingham at Nottingham City Council, said that they will always remember Alan Rickman in his role as the sheriff expressing his deep sadness for Rickman’s death.

Rickman also played the role of Rasputin in the movie “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny”, for which he won a Golden Globe, Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Among his numerous acting roles, he is also known for Harry in “Love Actually” (2003), P.L. O'Hara in “An Awfully Big Adventure” (1995), and Dr. Alfred Blalock in the Emmy-winning HBO film “Something the Lord Made” (2004), among others.

In 2005, Rickman directed the award-winning play “My Name is Rachel Corrie”, which he and Katharine Viner – current Guardian editor-in-chief – created by accumulating several emails of the student who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer driven by the Israeli Defense Forces during a protest against Israel.

Rickman was well known for being politically active, but he also supported various charities involved in poverty eradication across the world.
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